World of Chem
Living by Chem
Monday, October 12, 2009 3:48 PM
Student learning is the heart of the Science Learning and Instructional Center
(SLIC). A student who comes to SLIC has the opportunity to work one-on-one with
a peer coach toward the goal of developing better understanding in science courses.
Although SLIC staff members also assist students with specific questions, the
core purpose is the development of better learning habits that will help individuals
become better students in all areas of study.
SLIC staff work with students with some or all of the following learning strategies
- Focus on understanding over memorization.
- Improving notes derived from assigned reading in the textbook.
- Coordinating lecture notes with reading notes.
- Conceptualization of the intent behind assigned work.
- Working out approaches to problem solving.
- Targeting areas of weaker understanding to direct studying efforts.
- Methods to seek classroom help on targeted areas of weaker understanding.
SLIC was established in Fall 2007 with the idea that peer support is one of
the most effective means for improving student learning. Students are encouraged
to come to SLIC mostly to work with a peer coach or with classmates (peers),
although teacher support is also available during some blocks. Peer coaches
are junior and senior students in good standing who have recently worked through
the material of core science courses. Junior peer coaches are available to work
with students on freshman physics and chemistry (I and II). Senior peer coaches
are available to work with students on freshman physics, chemistry (I and II),
and biology (I and II). Peer coaches work with students on all aspects of the
science curriculum (reading, homework, laboratory, etc.) toward the development
of good work and study habits that are associated with deeper learning and the
construction of a solid foundation for continued learning.
The SLIC staff also includes support from science teachers. Science teachers
are not only available to assist students seeking support, they also serve to
mentor peer coaches. Peer coaches work directly with students most of the time,
and are the instructional backbone of SLIC. Most blocks are covered by peer
coaches. Science teachers monitor the peer coaches and their interaction with
students to ensure that the coaching process is progressing appropriately. Peer
coaches also meet weekly with Alan Crosby to report on progress, discuss student
support methods, and to work on long-term goals for SLIC attendees.
If you find a "broken" link that you think should be working, please
send email to Alan Crosby with